Brandi’s Backyard

Excellence not Perfection

Excellence not Perfection



To Whom it May Concern: 

Small town news is BIG news and before long, rumors, gossip and accusations are made.

It’s so easy to blame and point fingers, instead of accepting responsibility.

As a publisher of a paper, it’s ultimately … Read the rest

August 24, 2013 | 3 Comments More
Secrets and Surprises

Secrets and Surprises

Andrew and Lynnette at the Festival of Trees this past November.

This past weekend, I was reminded of an engagement photo session, which was completely oblivious to the bride to be.

I wanted to share this story, full of patience, … Read the rest

June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Hope Ya Enjoy the Read

Hope Ya Enjoy the Read

Its edges are worn, its pages folded and bookmarked. It was brand new and hot off the press at one time.

His Cowboy Poetry an’ Short Stories book sits on my desk, autographed, where it’s sat for over two years. … Read the rest

May 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More
How we Grow - Mom and Me

How we Grow – Mom and Me

Mother’s Day in FOCUS Contest

*Deadline to enter is Saturday, May 11 at midnight and we will announce the top 3 prize winners on Mother’s Day on Sunday. Thank-you for your submissions!

One of the things we LOVE so much … Read the rest

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
A Re-introduction and a Window

A Re-introduction and a Window

Most know her as the newspaper lady, or Jeremy, Janelle and Jesse’s mom.

When she first started Fox in FOCUS, a name she thought about for a very, very long time, one of the struggles was her author profile. It … Read the rest

March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Look at Frosty Go

Look at Frosty Go

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,

He was made of snow but the children

Know how he came to life one day.

It appears the residents in the country neighborhood are driving around a snowman; mysteriously built … Read the rest

January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Divine Interruptions and *Stars*

Divine Interruptions and *Stars*

As I shoveled my sidewalk on a beautiful winter day, I find these thoughts go through my head and I am compelled to finally, finally write a Brandi’s Backyard column after almost a year absence. Tisk, tisk shame on me.… Read the rest

November 13, 2012 | 12 Comments More
Angels on Doorsteps

Angels on Doorsteps

Previous image Enlarge Close Next image Image of Tucking my daughter into bed, I noticed her favorite stuffed toy, from when she was a baby, between her dresser and pillow.

It’s a purple cow. It … Read the rest

December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Grandma always knew

Grandma always knew

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As I watch the autumn leaves being pulled from the trees by the cool wind … Read the rest

October 6, 2011 | 4 Comments More
Reflection, perspective and grace from a tiny space

Reflection, perspective and grace from a tiny space

A cup of tea in hand — I focus. I survey my yard, plan my day and review my yesterday from the front steps.  I sometimes see through the trees and often find perspective beyond the property line.

Today, our … Read the rest

August 14, 2011 | 3 Comments More

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